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A former employee of a housing agency in the city of Jamestown has lost his job and arrested for misconduct after allegedly running up a more than $500 bill on a company credit card. 

 

City police say they investigated the matter and took 37 year-old Joey Weise into custody on one count of official misconduct.  Weise was a maintenance worker for Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality, Incorporated (CODE), when he allegedly rang up the unauthorized charges on the credit card last May.  He was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of Crystal Methamphetime and was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Weise arraigned, and released on bail.


The legislature last night approved resolutions to sell three county buildings to private owners, but one stirred some controversy. 

 

Lawmaker eventually approved selling the South County Office Building in Jamestown, 15-4.  That came after an effort was made to table the measure for further study. 

 

The legislature also agreed to sell the Bratt Agricultural Building on Airport Hill and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility in the town of Sherman.


Local bakeries are getting a holiday dedicated to them, their service, and their delectable treats. 

 

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi proclaimed Wednesday, the first-ever National Local Bakery Day at Ecklof as today September 28th.

 

In his proclamation, Teresi highlights the significance local bakeries provide. He also encouraged all residences of the greater Jamestown area to come out and celebrate not only on National Local Bakery Day, but throughout the year. 

 

All day today, Jamestown bakeries will be celebrating in one-of-a-kind ways with promotional activites including a spinning prize wheel at Ecklof's Bakery on Foote Avenue.  National Local Bakery Day is expected to become an annual event.


In the Dunkirk area statewide collection is continuing to help with the hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. 

 

Mayor Wilfred Rosas says the city is working with the city of Buffalo as part of the statewide effort that's being coordinated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He says the local collection will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. 

 

Non-perishable items are being accepted.  Rosas says funds may be dropped off at Dunkirk City Hall.  By the way, the Mayor has yet to make contact with his mother, who lives on the Island.


New York state has allotted $50-million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms. 

 

The money is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $2.5 billion dollar Clean Water Infrastructure Act.  It's aimed at helping large livestock farmers make sure there's proper management and storage of nutrients, such as manure.  New York State has over 500 farms with more than 200 livestock, and most are dairy farms with 300 or more cows. 

 

Projects that get funded will help farmers meet new environmental requirements first announced in January.  The first of three application periods is currently open and closes Nov. 20. Grant awards will be made by mid-December. 

 

An additional $15 million will be available in both 2018 and 2019.


The mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania says he's skipping the Pittsburgh Penguins' October 10th White House visit because of recent tweets by President Donald Trump. 

 

Democrat Bill Peduto accompanied the NHL team when they met with President Barack Obama following last year's Stanley Cup championship.  But, Peduto says he's not going this year because of Trump's tweets criticizing NFL players for kneeling or otherwise protesting during the national anthem. 

 

Peduto says the visit could bring negative attention to the city so he'll "take a knee on this one and stay home."  Peduto previously criticized Trump for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord and saying it was because he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."


A German-based company with a manufacturing facility just outside of Jamestown is confirming that it will end operations in the town of Ellicott by the end of the year. 

 

MD Electronics President Bruce Dudgeon says, in a printed statement, that increasing global competition and the need for shorter supply lines were "primary drivers" for the decision. 

 

Dudgeon says MD Electronics began manufacturing operations on Precision Drive in 2009 and employs 90 full-time workers.  He says MD makes communication cables for the automotive industry. 

 

Late Tuesday, local Congressman Tom Reed said in a printed release that "this is also a direct result of the unfavorable business climate in New York State."


The still-growing Latino community in the Greater Jamestown-area is rallying around the devastated island of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

 

Relief efforts across the United States are well-underway and locally, a handful of people are collecting bottled water and non-perishable goods for the people of Puerto Rico. 

 

One of them, Miguel Correa, says they have three places locally that are taking donations. Correa says there a several, basic items needed on the tiny U-S Territory, including bottled water, and baby food.  He says communications are improving on the island, though it's still hard to send or receive calls from the United States mainland.  He says communications on the island itself have improved. 

 

The A-P reports today that conditions have improved in San Juan, but more rural areas are still struggling.
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Reviews of the U-S response to the disaster in Puerto Rico have been mixed.  However, Miguel Correa says the Federal Emergency Management Administration has been a big help. 

 

Correa says FEMA has especially helped provide gas generators for hospitals and other critical needs.  He's lived in Jamestown for the past 17 years after moving here from New York City and, his family is from Puerto Rico.

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